By the Grace of Allah, over $210,000 was raised of our ambitious $300,000 in 30 days campaign whose goal was to facilitate the Knowledge Without Barriers initiative. Knowledge Without Barriers is a high impact initiative offering all of our services completely free, making relevant and reliable traditional Islamic education accessible to everyone, everywhere. In the last year alone:
-Knowledge Without Barriers has opened the floodgates to Traditional Learning with 15,000 student registrations in more than 80 countries in just the past year
-Our Answers service responded to more than 10,000 questions
-SeekersCircles established 20 circles of traditional knowledge in more than 15 countries
-We are completing our first full year of employing 2 paid part-time staff members, along with a growing force of volunteers
$210K, Where will it go?
To accomplish our goals to spread knowledge without barriers, the amount we raised will help us pay our 20+ teachers, increase our paid program-related positions (non-administrative) and hire a Managing Director.
Note on Zakat:
$80,000 of the $210,000 was in the form of zakat contributions. Our zakat fund will go to support needy students of knowledge and teachers in our community, not to our organizational expenses. This leaves us with nearly $130,000 to be used at the monthly operating rate of $21,000.
Just after the conclusion of our Ramadan campaign, the SeekersGuidance management team held our semi-annual Global Strategy Meeting and we identified critical needs still not fulfilled by our current funding.
To that end, we will be launching project-based campaigns over the next month. Project-based campaigns will allow you to offer your direct support to specific programs with the assurance that your support will be making an immediate impact.
An earlier blog post by Shaykh Faraz describing one of our current needs:
SeekersMedia – Website 3.0 – Answers Service -Monthly Supporter Program-
Please continue to keep the SeekersGuidance team in your thoughts and prayers. We are always looking for talented and inspired individuals to join the SeekersGuidance team. If you have any questions or comments or are interested in joining the SeekersGuidance Development team, please do not hesitate to contact me.
May Allah’s Peace and Blessings be with you.